NEW YORK ( TheStreet) - Latest statistics from the Brewers Association show that 1,759 new breweries were opened in 2010, placing every American within 10 miles of a brewery. The number of breweries increased to 1,790 by July 2011, excluding the 725 breweries in the planning stage. The study reveals that brewery startups in the U.S. have been growing rapidly, stealing profits from big-ticket breweries and providing more access to craft beer for mug tippers coast-to-coast.The global spirits industry will continue to grow with India and China expected to be the two fastest-growing markets for spirits globally, according to the International Wine & Spirit Research forecast report 2010 to 2015. Additionally, India will overtake Russia to become the second-largest spirits market in 2013, at least on registered, taxed sales. The U.S. market is forecast to be the third fastest-growing market worldwide until 2015. As per the Scotch Whisky Association, shipments of whisky from Scotland soared 19% for the first six months of 2011, reversing its declining trend in the previous year. This includes countries like Singapore and Brazil, which bought more bottles of the spirit. The value of exports was up 22% to $2.9 billion, topping the 10% growth recorded in 2010. Based on a strong industry outlook, latest quarterly results and analysts' recommendations, these eight beverage stocks have potential upsides ranging from 9% to 64%. On average, these stocks have a buy recommendation of 45% and a hold rating of 45%, based on a Bloomberg consensus.